Chamber launches VoTech Stars programme to attract Caymanians to pursue vocational and technical careers
VoTech Stars is a Chamber of Commerce workforce development programme aimed at attracting more Caymanians to pursue careers in vocational and technical fields. Launched in September 2023, six Caymanians have been selected to be ambassadors to promote their chosen professions.
“The Chamber of Commerce is proud to be involved with VoTech Stars. We believe this is an important and unique programme that is going to promote non-traditional pathways for Caymanians of all ages. The programme has successful young Caymanians who are certified and can share their story and remove barriers for their peers” said Chamber President Shomari Scott at the official launch at the National Gallery.
The inaugural VoTech Stars ambassadors are Allison Hidalgo who spent ten years in the tourism industry, Antwoine Powell, HVAC apprentice, De-Vante Wright, firefighter, Joshua Smith, heavy equipment operator, Kameron D’Hue, dive instructor and Lakeisha Mason, combination plans analyst.
Chamber partners in this new programme include Fosters, Health City Cayman Islands, Inspire Cayman, Cayman Contractors Association and several ministries in the Cayman Islands Government.
Present at the launch were Deputy Premier the Hon. Christopher Saunders, MP., Minister of Commerce the Hon. André Ebanks, MP., Minister of Tourism the Hon. Kenneth Bryan, MP, partners, VoTech Stars ambassadors and their families. Each of the ministers and partners praised the initiative and got to meet each of the ambassadors.
“Not everyone is the same, and the Chamber believes that the vast spectrum of different talents possessed by our young people should equate with a much wider range of career opportunities. The first step to those opportunities is making young people aware they exist. VoTech Stars will allow other Caymanians to pursue different pathways which will help to diversify careers in the Cayman Islands ecosystem,” Scott said.
A nationwide multimedia promotional campaign includes videos, billboards, cinema, radio advertisements and appearances in educational institutions. Each ambassador has recorded a testimonial video discussing the benefits and misconceptions in their field.
Billboards can be found at partner locations Fosters Republix, Fosters Airport and Health City Cayman Islands.
The Chamber plans to annually announce ambassadors for the VoTech Stars programme to represent vocational and technical careers. To learn more about the programme visit https://www.caymanchamber.ky/votechstars/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.